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Israeli special force abducts injured Palestinian in Bethlehem

Akram al-Atrash

An Israeli special force at dawn Saturday kidnapped the injured Palestinian youth Akram al-Atrash, 23, from al-Dheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem.

The PIC reporter said that a special force riding a civilian car at 2:00 am raided the camp, broke into al-Atrash’s house and arrested him.

Al-Atrash, whom the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) have been chasing for four months, was taken to an unknown destination.

Local sources told the PIC reporter that Palestinian youths in the camp tried to thwart the arrest operation by confronting the IOF soldiers with empty bottles and Molotov cocktails but they could not as the soldiers showered them with live bullets and tear gas canisters injuring a young man in the foot.

The IOF had raided al-Atrash’s house and arrested his father many times before in an attempt to force him to hand himself in. They also threatened to assassinate him if he did not do so.

In an interview with the PIC reporter, al-Atrash’s father, Imran, held the Palestinian Authority responsible for his son’s life and blamed it for not offering him any assistance to complete his treatment or at least protecting him from arrest while he is in such a difficult health condition.

Akram al-Atrash was seriously injured about four months ago by explosive bullets in the chest and shoulder during clashes with the IOF in al-Dheisheh camp.

After he was denied treatment at Hadassah Hospital in Occupied Jerusalem, Akram tried to obtain a medical referral to complete his treatment anywhere else but he could not as he was constantly chased by the IOF.

(Source / 24.02.2018)


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